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Old 09-15-2016, 01:50 PM
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So I believe my dog is have a food allergy reaction as she been itching alot after switching to this new food. I've checked and treated for fleas. So until I can find a suitable food what otc meds can I use to help her? Thanks

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If its food, the only thing you can do is use process of elimination, by figuring out what ingredients are causing it, and take them out of the diet. Antihistamines won't help a food allergy.

However, antihistamines will help if its an environmental thing. You can use Zyrtec or Benadryl as long as there are no decongestants in them. Also, you can try bee pollen or spirulina if you would rather stay away from chemicals.

Going to the vet for some allergy tests may be your best bet at figuring out what type of allergy you are dealing with.
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Is it childrens benadryl or regular?

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Regular, and it may cause drowsiness.
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Benedryl dosage is 1mg per lb of dog. There are charts on-line that will help you figure out how much to give.
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Yeah i saw something online about dosage but it just seemed like way to much. My labs is 55lbs so it would up to 6 pills a day at most

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So @naturalfeddogs, you said the benadryl wouldn't help with a food allergy but ive given it to her the past 2 days. Only have done half a dose. And she is worlds better. So what else could it be. Keep in mind this only started about a 2 weeks ago and nothibg has changed expect her food

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So @naturalfeddogs, you said the benadryl wouldn't help with a food allergy but ive given it to her the past 2 days. Only have done half a dose. And she is worlds better. So what else could it be. Keep in mind this only started about a 2 weeks ago and nothibg has changed expect her food

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Environmental. You may have some of both going on, and the benadryl is taking care of the environmental part. That's what benadryl is for. An antihistamine against seasonal allergies, bee stings etc.... Not food. Otherwise people would use it for food allergies, since it is a human drug.
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